Small businesses are feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic more than many, and the survival and revival of our communities will be based on how local businesses weather the storm. Fit Food Fresh is fully aware of the importance of local business and they’ve taken action to use their position to help our community in this time of need. From donating meals to high-risk residents to featuring local restaurants on their menus, their strategy is to reach out while so many are forced to stay in and afraid to risk exposure at the grocery store just to be left with empty shelves.
Fit Food Fresh Founders Stephen Kaiser and Casey Cochran were both born and raised in Palm Beach county and said they feel obligated to help however they can. “We owe everything to our community, as soon as we learned we’d be able to stay open, we knew we had a responsibility to help. We feel like we were fortunate enough to land in a life raft, so now we’ve got to help get others out of the water.”
Along with donating over 600 meals to high-risk residents and charities, Fit Food Fresh has pledged to donate a meal for every order they receive. They’ve also created a menu item that allows members to get involved (from a safe distance) by purchasing 3 meals for neighbors in need for just $10. “Our goal is 1,000 meals next week. We’ve got the right team behind us and we’ve had help from some amazing people who’ve helped us get meals to people who need them.”
Aside from increased sanitation protocol (on top of a phenomenal health inspection record), Fit Food Fresh has implemented high-risk member identification so they can have an extra eye on members who are even more dependent on their services than the average population. “We’re the retiree capital of the planet, so we’ve got a lot of older members who don’t have family locally to help. We note and track our high-risk members to make sure their orders and deliveries are flawless and they don’t have to worry about shopping and cooking.”
By coming together, local businesses and community members are making some amazing things happen, and it’s important that we support them however we can. From supporting them with your purchases to sharing posts on social media, local businesses need everything we can give them so they can survive and help maintain and rebuild our sense of normalcy. In a time when so many are in need, giving is more important and impactful than ever.
If you or someone you know in would benefit from the services of Fit Food Fresh, you can find them at FitFoodFresh.com or reach them at Start@FitFoodFresh.com or 561.430.5208
Use coupon AGUYONCLAMATIS for 20% off your first order of 10 meals or more. (note: aguyonclematis is not benefiting in any way from this offer)
West Palm Beach businesses impacted by COVID-19 will soon get a boost from the City of West Palm Beach. Last night, Mayor Keith A. James and City Commissioners reviewed a marketing campaign to support local restaurants and shops. Additionally, Commissioners unanimously (4-0) approved a resolution creating an economic recovery fund to provide financial assistance to businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.
The marketing campaign, originating in the City’s Department of Economic Development, aims to encourage residents to support local businesses from the comfort of their own home while maintaining social distancing. Called “West Palm Eats,” the campaign encourages users to dine and shop from home while supporting their local business community. Residents can expect to start seeing web-based and social media-based ads targeting online users in West Palm Beach and surrounding zip codes.
Additionally, the City has created a landing page on its website, where residents can locate a list of businesses that are offering pickup and delivery options. To visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/west-palm-eats.
Restaurant and business owners are invited and welcome to participate. To be a part of the campaign, please send your business name, web address, and menu to firstname.lastname@example.org. (To help us ensure ADA compliance on our website, please provide your menu in Word as we are unable to accept PDF files.)
A COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund is now being established by the City of West Palm Beach. Last night, Commissioners approved setting aside $259,000 to be used to help small businesses in the form of short-term micro-loans of $10,000 or less. The funds will be allocated through a local community bank where the terms and conditions will be defined. Additional details will soon follow on how to apply for this assistance.
“We know that many business owners, employees and residents are suffering greatly right now as a result of COVID-19,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “Beyond its health impacts, COVID-19’s economic impacts are being felt throughout our city. We are committed to doing everything we can to support our local business community. The establishment of a marketing campaign and recovery fund are two of the ways the City of West Palm Beach is rising to that challenge.”
“The pandemic is requiring all levels of government to come forward with resources and assistance to help our community and work together with our local businesses to ensure that all come out stronger after these difficult times pass,” said Economic Development Director Christopher Roog.
Restaurants nationwide are urging people to participate in The Great American Takeout on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to support the restaurant industry.
Times are tough for our local businesses – as of right now bars and nightclubs are closed. Restaurants are allowed to remain open with a max capacity of 50 & rules about how close tables can be to each other.
Other local businesses deemed “non-essential” are being required to close or greatly reduce their hours.
At this point in time there has not been any official guidance we are moving into all “non-essential” business closures. There will be a list of specific businesses to either be closed or have modified services, like restaurants only allowing for pickup or delivery but not a wide-scale business shut down.
County Commissioner Gregg Weiss
I’ve created this list of as many links to local businesses as were sent to me or I found on line. If I missed your business please email me.
Note that nothing in this article is to be considered medical advice. If I mention something is open I am not recommending you go out, or that you put your, or people you come in contact with, health at risk. Please do your own research and decide if going out is the right option for you.
Having said that, I have gone to several local businesses over the last few days (brewery, dentist, shops, etc) and they have all been very conscious of the current health crisis and have gone out of their way to institute “no-touch” policy, and wiping everything purchased down with antibacterial wipes before handing them to me.
Please also consider supporting local businesses through buying gift cards and/or any swag (hats/t-shirts) that they sell. You can do this whether you go out or not.
Go Cravy is a local delivery service which will pick up your food and bring it to you. There is a $15 minimum order size & a flat $5 delivery fee and driver tips are not included. Place your order at GoCravy.com
Delivery Dudes delivers food from local restaurants to your house. They have a dynamic delivery fees structure with pricing as low as $1.99 (all fees are transparent and can be seen at the time of the order. The average delivery time is 45 minutes. Place your order at DeliveryDudes.com
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Table 26 is open with adjusted hours & limited seating. They are offering 10% off orders for curbside pickup or complimentary delivery. Gift cards are available for Easter and Mother’s Day. Call (561)-855-2660 or visit Table 26 on Facebook
Maison Carlos is a small restaurant with only 11 tables. We are only open for dinner so our days have always, and will continue to be for shopping for the freshest ingredients and making sure the restaurant is at its cleanest. If you’d prefer to enjoy our cuisine at home during this time we will be offering curbside pick and for some locations delivery 🚗🍴 visit Maison Carlos on Facebook.
at Hullabaloo Chef Fritz Cassel is cookin’ up copious amounts of Spaghetti & Meatballs today 🍝🍝🍝 Stop in, order to-go 561.833.1033. Or order online at UberEats, PostMates, DoorDash! We’re here from 11am to 10pm – Visit Hullabaloo online
We are all searching for a sense of normalcy. Shopping improves ones mood and can help with depression or stress. We are still open for the boutique and private shopping! Call us to schedule an appointment 561-408-0885
Legends of Xscape: Open for private games. I assume we will be closed in the near future but a great way to support our business is to buy a gift voucher. We are offering 30% discount on all gift vouchers today- March 31st. Promo code MARCH30. vouchers do not expire, can be used at any time and are an excellent gift for any occasion. – Visit Legends of Xscape online
West Palm Beach Escape Rooms is Offering private rooms at no extra cost. Facility is sanitized before and after each group. Visit WPB Escape Rooms online
Picnic Fashion is online at picnicfashion.com. Visit and save 20% on your entire purchase. Enter code PICNIC at checkout. Orders are shipped within 24 hours. Window shopping is also highly recommended! Fill your new picnic basket with takeout and drinks from one of the many local restaurants and head to a local park to enjoy. Shop small, shop local.- Visit Picnic Fashion online
Visit Palm Beach is offering private catamaran cruises for groups of 10 or less at a very discounted rate! Also you can use discount code VPBLOYALTY for 25% off any public cruise from April 10-Sept 10. Visit Palm Beach on Facebook
D is for DOG is open and would like to offer 1/2 off D.I.Y.’s. 🐾🐾🐾. We also carry a large variety of natural treats as well as FROMM and Stella & Chewy. Visit D is for Dog online
Allstar Martial Arts Academy is offering virtual training as well as small group training sessions (limited to 10 students per class) during this difficult time. Programs include Kid, Teen, and Adult Martial Arts & Fitness and Fitness Kickboxing. Classes are challenging and fun! Students burn calories and energy while learning self defense and martial arts. Visit Allstar Martial Arts Academy Online
GROW – Free delivery or curbside pickup for GROW plant project boxes and free Skype plant consults. Visit GROW on Facebook
Lila Life is offering Free meditation at 12pm, power processing group coaching sessions $15 Tuesday’s 12-12:45pm, 30 minute free coaching session, all zoom based. www.lilalife.co or email@example.com
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is closed until further notice. If you are interested in using our library services virtually the library has a wide variety of digital offerings for library cardholders, including e-books and audiobooks, streaming TV and movies, music downloads, databases and more. Visit wpb.org/digitallibrary for more information on how to Connect 24/7 to the library.
Those who don’t have a library card can apply for it online or call 561-868-7701. This card will provide immediate access to the library’s digital content for a year. Your new card will be mailed to you. Once the library is back open, use your card to check out books at the library!
All of Grandview’s food vendors are available for curbside pickup and delivery during normal hours. (Clare’s Kitchen, Lechon Tropical, Locanta, Pizza Paradise, Poke Lab Eatery, Pumphouse Coffee Roasters, Ramen Lab Eatery, Sugar Milk, Tropical Crepes, Zipitios)
Steel Tie Spirits is selling bottles in their distillery. They are running a discount special on white rum.
We’ve expand our Thursday-thru-Sunday hours. We’ll open at 11am and close at 8pm. We invite you to call our house line (561-623-0961) to place orders that we’ll gladly pre-package and walk out to your car once you arrive. As always, we gladly accept all major credit cards or cash. We’re extending the “quarantine discount” of $5 off our bottles for the foreseeable future, making everything just $19.99 + tax.
At 5pm each Friday 500 Block of Clematis Street is closed to vehicular traffic.
Tables from Hullabaloo, Kapow!, Oshea’s and Lost Weekend spill out onto the the street. Where the large oak trees don’t provide shade, oversized umbrellas are brought out.
There is a large chess board, and chess pieces are set up. There’s Connect 4, artists, vendors, and plenty of ping pong tables.
The party which is affectionately known as #500Blk continues through Sunday night when the road is once again open to traffic.
So far the events have been fantastic – Mardi Gras for kids in Pahokee, RAINBOWpalooza,
On Sunday we’re celebrating the first annual …
Pride on the BLK
Pride on the BLK is a lively multi-generational and family-friendly event infused with live music, art, games, and live performances. The event begins at 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 2020 4-10PM 500 Clematis Street
Pride on the BLK will feature a Drag Show, Variety Show, dance party, art exhibition, food, drinks & games. It will serve as the official kickoff celebration of this year’s Palm Beach Pride on March 28th and 29th in Lake Worth — Presented by Compass Community Center.
The event is sponsored by The Box Gallery and Palm Beach County Human Rights Coalition. All proceeds go to benefit non-profit, Transpire Help.
The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have teamed up to bring new life to Clematis Street with a pop-up, innovative market and retail hub that introduces “Thoroughfare” to Downtown West Palm Beach. Officially opening on Friday, February 28, 2020, Thoroughfare showcases an eclectic group of merchants piloting their concepts on the porch at 314 Clematis Street. The first seven merchants will sell products including food and beverage, clothing, greenery and more. The Thoroughfare pop-up will remain in place until construction in the building commences.
Designed to be an incubator for new businesses, each vendor in Thoroughfare will have individually set hours of operation with majority open on Saturdays. Featured offerings in the pop-up include some familiar names like Oceana Coffee, Cider Donuts and Dina’s Vegan Deli. Owner of popular vegan snack Chunkie Dunkies, will introduce their new concept “Dina’s Vegan Deli” which will offer plant-based cheesesteaks on the weekends. Meanwhile, newcomer and mother-daughter team Bubbly Boba will bring classic Asian teas and drinks featuring tapioca pearls.
In addition, two clothing stores, After5Lux and OddFellows, will be offering stylish options for women and men respectively. Lastly, GROW, a new company aimed to help people live more biophilic, or nature-centric lifestyles will sell succulents and provide services to host mobile parties and events.
“Thoroughfare is a truly local effort to drive unique small businesses into our Downtown district,” said Sherryl Muriente, Manager of Urban Placemaking at the DDA. “Even down to our marketing efforts, design work and build-out, every aspect of Thoroughfare has been created by people who are focused in making our local community thrive.”
Local contribution to this project includes design work by Adam Sheetz of No. 9 Creative, general contracting work from Ben Etheridge, owner of Steel Tie Spirits, and a fun social media scavenger hunt campaign designed by Andres Espinoza of Gamelab, located inside 1909. Designed to drive foot traffic to Thoroughfare, Espinoza’s scavenger hunt will consist of seven creative weekly challenges to engage teams and provide a fun experience of the Downtown district.
“Every scavenger hunt challenge is created to generate awareness on what Downtown West Palm Beach has to offer from an artistic, historic, and cultural perspective,” explained Espinoza. “Not only will the initiative drive business to Thoroughfare, it will also help residents and visitors experience the area in a whole new way.”
Short version: The second annual Fiesta on Flagler (theme: Dia los muertos) is taking place on March 13th, 2020 (Friday the 13th). Tickets are $75/per person and the money goes to support Family Promise & the South End Neighborhood Association.
Long version (in which I will do my best to convince you to buy a ticket & join the party):
In a town where you have a party happening every night, at some of the most amazing/opulent venues. It takes a lot to stand out in the crowd.
When planning the first Fiesta on Flagler, we chose not to use one of the standard party venues, but to focus on the natural beauty of West Palm Beach. It was the right choice.
The first Fiesta on Flagler was amazing. It was a beautiful night, with an spectacularly decorated tent on Flagler Drive. Hundreds of friends and neighbors came to enjoy the food, music & dancing.
We had all our restaurants serving Latin-themed food. Los Altos Jalisco, Dr Limon Ceviche Bar, Don Ramon, Aioli, Galley at Hilton, Table 26. There were three bars, with local craft beer, margaritas and other mixed drinks.
Of course there was a mariachi band & cigar rollers.
We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it all over again. This year is going to be twice as big!
Check out our amazing food & drink vendors!
We’ve got more food & drink, new sponsors a bigger tent, more music and more fun. Everything is ready – all we need is you! Don’t miss it. Get your ticket now.
We had over 100 people partying in the street into the night!
Despite our best efforts to get the word out last year, we still had people who were surprised and delighted find this festive event during their evening walk with their dog. Some of whom went home, changed and came out to join the party!
Where is my money going?Tickets are $75 – all food and drinks are included! Unlike some events which serve small portions and tastes, at Fiesta on Flagler YOU WILL NOT GO HOME HUNGRY.
Our amazing vendors are donating the food and drinks, the city worked with us on permitting costs for closing the road (it’s a complex process), so all the money raised is going directly to benefit South End Neighborhood Association and Family Promise of North & Central Palm Beach.
In the first Fiesta on Flagler we raised over $18,000 for the following non-profits.
The South End Neighborhood Association was formed in 2004. Our neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Florida is bounded by Southern Boulevard to the north, the Lake Worth spillway to the south, the intracoastal waterway to the east, and the FEC railway tracks to the west. There are more than 2,500 homes in the South End. Currently we have over 300 households as members and SENA is growing fast!
Family Promise is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping homeless families in our community regain their independence. Currently in Palm Beach County, there are nearly 2000 homeless children registered in Palm Beach County Schools. We invite you to learn more about us and perhaps endeavor to help us in our mission. All donations to Family Promise are tax deductible.